I am new here and just starting the process of informing myself. I went to one informational meeting and am waiting for my first consultation.
Boy, can I relate to all your feelings! The before/afters are so inspirational, and I'm so impressed by the hard work & success I see here. However, it is a huge ordeal. The drawbacks are very real. Many of the side effects (dehydration, malnutrition, kidney stones, possible gall bladder removal, constant heartburn...) make me hesitant.
We obviously wouldn't be considering this of we hadn't already tried and tried and tried other methods. I work out a lot and, if I do this surgery, I suspect it might be a long time before I can do an hour of high impact cardio several times a week like I do now. I'll really miss that. I'm afraid the surgery will make me feel really unhealthy for months but hope it may mean years and years of better health. I still haven't made up my mind. I just want you to know, you're not alone in being unsure. Hugs.
You are right to be reluctant Gretta. Weight loss surgery is EXTREMELY lucrative and it has a high rate of complications and mortality. You also should look into exactly how effective it really is and again get that information from a nonindustry source. Gastric bypass average cost is $32,500 in the US. Some surgeons do 4 or 5 a day. It's a money tree. The 32,500 in just the beginning. Then you have the gallbladder surgery in 1/3 of the cases CHA CHING! Then there is the the sagging skin surgery and the breast reductions. Then there are the complications and trips to various MDs for little or no help. Then there are the revisions surgeries. Then there is the cost of the shakes and vitamins you will be on for the rest of your life because of the malabsorption. Then there are the trips to the ER from the dumping syndrome. CHA CHING CHA CHING CHA CHING!!!
RELATED: OBESITY HELP SITE DOWN Yippie!
The essence of the Hippocratic oath is "first do no harm". Another precept is for MD to ask others for help. I know how to fix the cause of overeating aka caloric poisoning. I have offered my program for free to physicians. They won't even look at it, Arrogance. Do you think that MDs damaging a perfectly functioning digestive system and rejecting my help is compliant with the oath they took?
The Hippocratic Oath Modern Version